GARDENS PROJECT MANAGER
NORTH COAST OPPORTUNITIES
Ava’s passion for buying local and eating well stems from her parents who are long time food coop members and farmers market supporters. As a result, Ava got involved in the local food movement in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY at an early age, and later went on to study sustainable agriculture at Cornell University. She has since worked on research and production farms, managed community gardens and used gardens in educational settings both internationally and in Sonoma County. Ava joined the Gardens Project team in the Fall of 2015 as Lake County’s Community Garden Coordinator, and will be working with residents to establish new gardens throughout the county in the hopes of providing access to fresh, healthy, inexpensive produce.
GARDENS PROJECT COORDINATOR
Sarah’s love for sustainable foods stems from a lifetime of gardening in the Great Lake State of Michigan. Her love for food and community engagement has driven her across the globe from the Golden Temple community kitchen in Amritsar, India to vineyards in Colchagua Valley, Chile and most recently to a sustainable development conservation in the Peruvian rainforest. As a recent graduate of the University of Michigan in Global Health and Sustainable Food Systems, she is excited to put her knowledge into action in growing access to fresh, real food throughout Mendocino County.
AMERICORPS VISTA MEMBER
Lucy’s passion for supporting sovereign food systems has brought her to Mendocino County on Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA. Here she has found a small community devoted to self-sufficiency that inspires her to model the sustainable lifestyle she hopes will become commonplace. Lucy has a degree in Environmental Studies from University of the Pacific. Since graduating, Lucy worked briefly as an Environmental Justice Educator for The Beehive Design Collective before spending a summer as a Naturalist with Camp Mendocino. She has just completed a year-long apprenticeship with Ecology Action learning the Grow Biointensive® Agricultural Method. Lucy is thrilled to be working for the Gardens Project and looks forward to being part of a team that empowers so many people to grow their own healthy food locally.
AMERICORPS VISTA MEMBER
Virginia believes that a strong community is where everyone has equal chance to participate and thrive. While there are many elements to this, the one closest to her heart is healthy, sustainable food. She studied Environmental Studies and Anthropology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she worked with food access issues in Baltimore city, and she now hopes to bring her experience to Lake County. She believes that health starts from the ground up, and that connecting people with their food and where it comes from will create roots that reach throughout entire communities!
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